Pep Guardiola made no attempt to offer Hart the chance to remain at the Etihad when he took over from Manuel Pellegrini. West Ham don’t want a permanent deal, according to the Daily Telegraph. Instead, they will look to strike a year-long loan deal with City picking up part of his £120,000 weekly wage.
Newcastle United and Crystal Palace both backed away of the cost of signing the England number one. City are looking for a fee in excess of £20m but are paying the price of the high wages offered to entice players to join and retain their title-winners.
With a new direction from Guardiola, Hart remains surplus to requirements despite the mixed performances from 35-year-old Chilean goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo. Guardiola lost faith in the former Barcelona ‘keeper when he conceded seven goals from seven consecutive shots on target, a new and unwanted Premier League record.
City signed Ederson, 23, the uncapped Brazilian from Benfica for £35m, underlining the end of Hart’s career in the north west. It leaves Hart in limbo, knowing that either he must take a cut in wages or City a cut in fees. In a World Cup year, he needs to resolve his situation to keep in Gareth Southgate’s plans.